JOELL ORTIZ: ALREADY HOME (INTERVIEW)JOELL ORTIZ: ALREADY HOME (INTERVIEW)

Words & Interview By Jake Paine

If you listen to Joell Ortiz’s early solo recordings, you know of the uphill climb. The Brooklyn, New Yorker had devotedly pursued a career in Hip-Hop since before he was Jo-Ell Quickman, in the last great wave of Rawkus Records-distributed 12” singles. Entering the 2000s with a buzz in tow, Ortiz transmitted lyrics with an MC’s flare and a hustler’s conviction, making him a poised voice for the Hip-Hop genre’s increased interest in street-rap by 2005. In the years that followed, everybody from Dr. Dre to Eminem, Kool G Rap to Showbiz heard this skill, uniqueness and honesty, and wanted in.

But it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Continue Reading

 
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“DIGGIN IN THE FILES: EPMD” – BY BILL ADLER“DIGGIN IN THE FILES: EPMD” – BY BILL ADLER

Our subject for today is EPMD, the immortal two-man crew who were nicely characterized as “rap music’s own version of Starsky & Hutch” on the hiphopelements.com website in 2003.

Like a lot of hip-hop’s hall of famers – including Run-DMC, Slick Rick, and Eric B & Rakim — EPMD debuted with a smash hit single on an independent label.  Written, rapped, and paid for by Erick Sermon (the “E” in EPMD) and Parrish Smith (the “P” in EPMD), the single was “It’s My Thing/You’re a Customer.”  It was released in the summer of 1987 on the Fresh label, a subsidiary of Sleeping Bag – Mr. Will Socolov, founder and proprietor. Continue Reading

 
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THE COMBAT JACK – BEN BALLER INTERVIEW (AUDIO)THE COMBAT JACK – BEN BALLER INTERVIEW (AUDIO)

Dope interview that pretty much takes you all over the inside of the industry from the perspective of Ben Baller. If you missed the episode with Chuck D, do yourself the favor and check that episode too. Continue Reading

 
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GRAFH –  “0 TO 100 (FREESTYLE)” (AUDIO)GRAFH – “0 TO 100 (FREESTYLE)” (AUDIO)

New material from our homie Grafh! Continue Reading

 
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DJ CRAZY TOONS – ICE CUBE FREESTYLE – CIRCA 1996 (AUDIO)DJ CRAZY TOONS – ICE CUBE FREESTYLE – CIRCA 1996 (AUDIO)

You can’t f*ck with some of the dope gems found on Youtube. This is one of them. Back when tapes were tapes….

 
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NAS – “REPRESENT” (VIDEO)NAS – “REPRESENT” (VIDEO)

Mass Appeal had a contest to find someone to direct  the “Represent” video. Here’s what won.

 
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THE DEVIN THE DUDE SHOW W. BUN B (VIDEO)THE DEVIN THE DUDE SHOW W. BUN B (VIDEO)

Devin The Dude having his own web show is just what the internets needed. Dope convo with Bun B and we dig that Devin is wearing a Slick Rick shirt….

 
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KETCHY SHUBY – “HARDSHIPS” (VIDEO)KETCHY SHUBY – “HARDSHIPS” (VIDEO)

Our homies Ketchy Shuby drop some throwback style visuals for their joint “Hardships.” Funk!

 
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THROWBACK: DJ EFN – VOLUME 4 “LIVE FROM KENDALL DRIVE” (MIXTAPE)THROWBACK: DJ EFN – VOLUME 4 “LIVE FROM KENDALL DRIVE” (MIXTAPE)

Today we came across a Miami New Times article featuring some upcoming artist from our very own stomping grounds of Kendall. For those not from Miami, Kendall is a large suburban area outside the metropolitan Miami area. Kendall has become infamous by films such as “Cocaine Cowboys” but those of us that have lived and breathed in Kendall can tell you Kendall is no stereotypical American suburb. For good or for bad Kendall has its own character. Crazy Hood is one of the first if not the first hip hop crew to proudly rep Kendall and this all started with DJ EFN’s mixtapes. Continue Reading

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